Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jim Delany takes his pimp game to the Beltway

I understand that Big Ten hoops are a big business. The men’s iteration of the sport more or less carries a TV network on its own in addition to providing compelling, well-rated content for ESPN, CBS and anybody else who pays Conference Commissioner/mustaches-as-eyebrows enthusiast Jim Delany’s bulbous contract. It only makes sense that conference and TV executives are openly floating the...

The NFL is afraid to draft a genius

On Nov. 9, 2013 Johnny Manziel, a boy-man just beyond the verge of stardom yet still reluctant enough to linger at the threshold of his own adolescence, threw his final touchdown pass at home wearing the maroon and white of a Texas A&M Aggie. The pass was hucked off his back foot and on the run. The ball discharged...

May is Money, not a legend

I won’t ever pilot an X-Wing. By Kyle Magin My Star Wars fantasy is relevant, so bear with. I’m never going to join Red Squadron in an attack on the Death Star. Luke Skywalker will never throw me a bro nod at an awards ceremony. I’ve made my peace with that. Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to do the same with his desire to be remembered...

Donald Sterling so much more than just racist

Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling is not just racist. The operative word being just. He is racist and a whole lot of individual and societal bad things more all hiding behind a melted Mickey Rourke mask. Sterling, 81, who is currently under investigation by the NBA for racist remarks recently released from a recorded conversation with his girlfriend V....

The South Side Secret

Chicago White Sox captain Paul Konerko appears to be as recognizable to baseball fans as Roger Waters is to One Direction fans. As Derek Jeter conducts his farewell tour to pomp and fanfare, packing the stands in the home parks of traditional rivals like the …Houston Astros… Konerko plays out the string in the witness protection program that is his...

The difference between NBA preseason and playoff games is there’s more commercials

Had Monday's second division round playoff match-up between the Golden State Warriors and host Los Angeles Clippers of LA at the Lakers' downtown practice facility been a pre-season walk-through, a recap could have gone something like this: Clippers' Kia-jumping side show Blake Griffin can certainly sell jerseys to children who imagine he could paint himself green and make a pretty...

Much more than just Boston Strong

One of the saddest things I've ever seen was on the morning of September 11, 2006. It was the fifth anniversary of the tragedy and I was in a security line in lower Manhattan, silent beneath the specter of fallen buildings and a blanket of radiant blue sky. I was readying to go down to the memorial site. There,...

Thoughts on fandom and riding the bandwagon

I started a column about the Detroit Pistons about eight times before landing on this offering. I have no relationship with the team anymore and every attempt rang hollow. It’s sad. I watched the Pistons near-nightly between 2001-2007. My college was a mere exit from the Palace of Auburn Hills — once the cream of the NBA’s crop of arenas, now its...

iBeacon of hopelessness: Apple and MLB’s Big Brother blunder

Surfers are stereotypically a soulful sort, especially when it comes to their sport. That doesn't mean they don't like to leverage a little technology from time to time when it comes to the timing and placement of their rubber-coated bodies into a nearby body of water. By Andrew Pridgen Surfers I work with monitor reports online from the gray shores of...

Pacquaio and Bradley worth watching for what could have been

It’s expected that somewhere north of 1 million homes will purchase HBO Pay-Per-View and tune in on Saturday to see welterweight boxing star Manny Pacquiao’s rematch with Timothy Bradley. By Kyle Magin Manny Pacquiao — the Filipino icon/actor/politician/philanderer/big-spender/born-again Christian/broke person — will be the ostensible draw. He’s a massive name, he’s charming enough to give a great interview in broken English...

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